Relationships And Their Repercussions Of Shakespeare 's The Crucible And The Play Much Ado About Nothing

Relationships And Their Repercussions Of Shakespeare 's The Crucible And The Play Much Ado About Nothing

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Relationships and Their Repercussions
Shakespeare and Miller were two very different writers who were always able to portray great messages in their writing. These two authors were also amazing at setting up relationships between characters in their writing, like Miller’s characters, Abigail and John. Although they bear some minor similarities, the differences between Abigail and John and Hero and Claudio’s relationships are striking.
In the play The Crucible and the play Much Ado About Nothing, Miller’s and Shakespeare’s characters Abigail and John and Hero and Claudio, were both put into relationships. Abigail and John’s relationship was unable to work out while Hero and Claudio’s relationship was simple. Miller’s character, John, states “My wife goes to trial in the morning, Abigail.” (pg. 150 Appendix scene). In the puritan religion you could not divorce the people you marry, so when Abigail and John were talking in the woods, Abigail brings up how she was going to be a great wife to John. This is impossible since John is married to Elizabeth and he is happy with her. John’s words surprise Abigail in this scene because she is so caught up in her fantasy where her and John are married. In Shakespeare’s play Claudio returns from war and says “All prompting me how fair young Hero is, saying I like her ere I went to the wars.” (pg. 25). Claudio is saying how he had fell for Hero before she went to the war and later in the play Hero admits to liking Claudio. In this time period women had to be virgins in order to marry and seeing how Hero is one, they are able to marry with only a few issues. However, in these stories both John Proctor and Claudio had a large amount of responsibility on them which could have affected how their r...


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... times. On page 44 of Miller’s play she states “She sends her spirit on me in church; she makes me laugh at prayer!” Abigail was raised puritan and so she still tried to honor her religion and defend it in the toughest of times. This is why she becomes so defensive to Tituba when she tries to convict Abigail of being a witch. Both Abigail and Hero have had their issues with religion but in the end Abigail betrayed her’s in far worse ways.
The differences between Abigail and John and Hero and Claudio’s relationships are striking, and they deserved this thorough investigation. Their differences included religious variations, the couple’s ability to live together and love each other, and how willing the girls were to hurt and be hurt so they could have the love they desired. Their differences remind us how willing and desperate we are to find love and to be loved.

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